Supporting SADD in East Islip’s Schools

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At the Nov. 7 Board of Education meeting, the district honored Alivia Ancona from JFK and Lana Mollica from RCK as the winners of the annual SADD Red Ribbon anti-drug slogan contest. The two fifth graders were recognized by Superintendent John Dolan and Board of Education President William Carpluk.

During October, the high school SADD Club visited each fifth-grade class at JFK and RCK to present information on drugs, alcohol, bullying and what to expect in the middle school. SADD members also ran the districtwide Red Ribbon contest, asking fifth graders to submit creative anti-drug slogans. The younger students then wrote inspirational congratulatory letters to graduating seniors, reminding them of the lessons they had just learned from SADD, which will be presented at next June’s commencement.

“Having the high school students connect with the fifth graders, helping them learn how to avoid destructive decisions, and then the fifth graders relaying that message back to the graduating seniors is so worthwhile,” said Bridget Lopiccolo, the SADD Club’s adviser. “Hopefully every message is heard and practiced, and we can stop this scary epidemic and end drug addiction.”